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September: Spitz blitzed Munich

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

With the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil now over, here’s a look back at one of the most incredible Olympic performances of all time: Indiana University’s Mark Spitz winning seven gold medals while setting seven world records in 1972.     Mark Spitz was already setting world records as a high school swimmer in California… Continue reading.

August: Trailblazing speed

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Posted on Jul 20, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

Eighty years ago this month, Jesse Owens outran and out-jumped the world on his way to four gold medals in the August 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. But almost 40 years before Owens, another African-American athlete blazed a trail across North America and Europe. His mark was made on the bicycle.    … Continue reading.

July: From Boilermakers to ‘moonrakers’

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Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

Purdue University may be best known among rural electric cooperative members for its incredible contributions to agriculture. But there’s another side of the campus that has played an astronomical role in our nation’s space program. Two dozen graduates have taken their Purdue education out of this world as astronauts. Seven rays on the Indiana state… Continue reading.

June: A state ‘made in the shade’

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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

The year 1816 has been called the “Year without a Summer,” as unseasonable cold was felt across North America and Europe. But in the Indiana Territory, where a new state’s constitution was being forged just north of the Ohio River, it was unseasonable heat that added yet another colorful chapter to our Hoosier history and… Continue reading.

May: Hoosiers on first?

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Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 may have been the first paid “professional” baseball team. But Hoosiers might be surprised to learn the first professional game was played in Fort Wayne.     Few baseball fans have probably heard of the Fort Wayne Kekiongas. Though short-lived, the team will forever be noted as hosting and… Continue reading.

April: Saluting Hoosier heroes

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Posted on Apr 06, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

In April, Indiana marks the birthdays of two legendary aviation pioneers — one you may not even realize was born a Hoosier — and commemorates the anniversary of the loss of a beloved Hoosier journalist.        Aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, brothers who developed the world’s first successful airplane, are rightly associated… Continue reading.

February: Victory at Vincennes

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Posted on Apr 06, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

Our celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday continues with a historic Hoosier happening that took place 37 years before Indiana ever became a state. While our neck of the woods may not immediately come to mind when talking about the American Revolutionary War, a key victory — which ultimately opened U.S. westward expansion — was won… Continue reading.

January: Indiana celebrates 200 years

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Posted on Apr 06, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

Each month throughout 2016, electric cooperative mascot Willie Wiredhand will shine a little light on Hoosier history. Willie says let’s get the 2016 big bicentennial birthday bash off and running with some basic facts and figures … and fun bits of Hoosier trivia! Indiana was officially admitted to the United States on Dec. 11, 1816. It is the… Continue reading.

March: Indiana’s Bright Lights!

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Posted on Feb 26, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

When it comes to “bright ideas,” Hoosiers have boldly brandished the torch of enlightenment to lead the nation in electrification of town and country. On a dark rainy night in early spring 1880, an estimated crowd of nearly 10,000 people came from near and far to the northcentral Indiana town of Wabash to witness a… Continue reading.

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